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CROWN POINT — An 11-year-old girl was forced to shield her twin siblings from gunfire after their father allegedly fired a gun repeatedly into their Gary home, according to court records.

Carl J. Hunter Jr., 34, was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with attempted murder, two counts of stalking and four counts of criminal recklessness.

A woman told police she put her 11-year-old daughter and 2-year-old twins to bed the night of Feb. 26, at their home in the 4400 block of 24th Avenue in Gary, according to records.

She said she checked on the children at 11 p.m. and saw through the bedroom window the children's father, Hunter, was standing outside the home.

She said Hunter pulled out a gun and fired repeatedly into the bedroom window, records state. She said her 11-year-old daughter shielded the other two children while she crawled to their bed.

The woman told police two days earlier Hunter had stood outside her home, which caused her to call 911. Hunter was ordered Feb. 13 to have no contact with the woman due to pending domestic battery charges filed in Lake Criminal Court.

Hunter is also currently charged with several counts of criminal recklessness on allegations he fired a gun repeatedly into a different woman's home in April 2017, records state. The woman was with her 13-year-old son and two grandchildren, ages 9 and 3, at the time of that shooting.

Hunter posted a $1,500 cash bond on the previous case May 12. He was arrested on the new warrant Monday, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

He is not afforded bond on the new charges, records state.

Recent arrests booked into Lake County Jail


Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.